30 Nov 2011

CNMI wants federal help to cope with alien workers given parole

2:56 pm on 30 November 2011

The CNMI government is calling on the United States federal government to fund it to accommodate thousands of unemployed aliens who may be allowed to stay in the territory for a further year.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced last week that some foreigners in the CNMI, who come under the illegal aliens classification, could apply for parole to stay until December next year.

The governor, Benigno Fitial, says the US needs to reimburse the CNMI for the expenses involved and he's drawn parallels with the top ups given for hosting citizens from Freely Associated States.

Representative Ray Palacios says some kind of funding from the federal government would make a big difference to the CNMI's economy.

The local director of the Service, David Gulick, says he's not in a position to respond to this inquiry, but he says parole will only be given on a case-by-case basis.